Teachers in a New Political Landscape
Teachers’ positionality within the political landscape has evolved rapidly over recent election cycles. In Texas, nationwide teacher advocacy and anti-teacher state legislation motivated teachers to become politically involved. Increased teacher voting greatly impacted the 2018 election results, which led statewide leaders and legislators of the 86th Texas legislative session (2019) to center teachers as a key component of school finance reform. Moving forward, it is important to understand other factors that are interrelated with the positionality of the education profession, such as gender, class, and the ability to run for office. Additionally, in order to maintain their centrality in the legislative decision-making process, teachers must develop action plans collectively.